Hair Drug / Alcohol Testing

Hair drug testing and alcohol testing is growing in popularity every year. It is especially used for court and child custody cases as well as for pre-employment or random testing where employers are seeking a greater window of detection than can be provided from other sample types like Oral Fluid or Urine.

Hair samples are collected onsite by our trained and competent Authorised Technicians and then securely packaged and sent for NATA Certified Laboratory Analysis.

Depending on the type of testing requested, we can provide a detection period from one (1) month through to twelve (12) months, depending on the length of hair.

Because all of our hair sample drug testing is performed by Australian based laboratories and not sent overseas like some other providers we are able to provide results in a quicker turnaround time. We generally report negative results within six (6) business days from collection of the sample and for positive results within eight (8) business days from sample collection.

What are the advantages / disadvantages of hair drug testing?


  • Longest window of detection for drugs of abuse.
  • Highly sensitive drug detection.
  • Generally admissible in court proceedings.
  • Non-intrusive sample collection.
  • Less risk of sample tampering.
  • Over sixty (60) drugs tested for.


  • Price is more expensive than Oral Fluid or Urine drug testing.
  • If the donor has no hair, testing cannot be conducted.
  • Results must be analysed solely at a laboratory.
  • Detection only starts from approximately one (1) week before sample collection.

Drugs that can be detected via our hair drug testing


& Hypnotics

  • Amphetamine
  • Benzoylecgonine
  • Cocaine
  • Ketamine
  • LSD
  • MDA
  • MDMA
  • Methamphetamine
  • Norcocaine
  • Norketamine
  • Phentermine


Anabolic Drugs

  • Clenbuterol
  • Zilpaterol


  • Cannabidiol
  • Cannabinol
  • THC

Synthetic Cannabinoids

  • AB-Fubinaca
  • AKB48
  • JWH-018
  • PB-22
  • UR144

Designer Drugs

  • Alpha-PVP
  • Cathinone
  • MDPV
  • Mephedrone
  • Methcathinone


& Sedatives

  • 7-Aminoclonazepam
  • 7-Aminoflunitrazepam
  • 7-Aminonitrazepam
  • Alprazolam
  • Bromazepam
  • Clobazam
  • Clonazepam
  • Diazepam
  • Flunitrazepam
  • Lorazepam
  • Midazolam
  • Nitrazepam
  • Nordiazepam
  • Oxazepam
  • Temazepam
  • Triazolam
  • Zolpidem
  • Zopiclone


& Opioids

  • Alfentanil
  • Buprenorphine
  • Codeine
  • Desmethyltramadol
  • Diacetylmorphine
  • EDDP
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Methadone
  • 6-Monoacetylmorphine (MAM)
  • Morphine
  • Norbuprenorphine
  • Norfentanyl
  • Norpethidine
  • Oxycodone
  • Pethidine
  • Tramadol

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Hair Testing Frequently Asked Questions

How much does hair drug and/or alcohol testing cost?

Hair drug and/or alcohol testing costs more than oral fluid and urine testing, however also provides the longest window of detection.

Hair drug and/or alcohol testing costs are also dependant on the period of detection you would like and your location. For a specific quote for your hair drug and alcohol testing please phone our friendly customer service team on 1300 489 489 or contact us via the link below.

How much hair is cut for testing?

For both samples hair strands are cut from various parts of the head to ensure there is no noticeable ‘gap’ in the hair from sample collection.

Why are two samples collected?

We need to take two samples, one which is analysed and the second which is held for a period of time as a “referee” specimen should the test result be disputed.

Is this a hair follicle test?

No, many people refer to this test as a hair follicle test however this is incorrect. We cut the hair at the skin whereas hair follicle testing requires strands to be pulled from the scalp which can be a painful experience.

Does the detection period start from the day of the test?

No, we cut close to the scalp which means the detection period starts approximately seven days prior to the collection date. (Eg if the collection was conducted on the 10th of November, the detection period would be from approximately the 3rd of November)

What detection periods are available for hair drug testing?

Our detection period options range from three months to 12 months based on consultation from our expert team.

I have dreadlocks. Do you just take one or two dreadlocks?

No, we will take several samples from around the dreadlocks.

I am bald. Can you use samples from my beard instead?

Yes, hair samples can be collected from facial hair provided it is at least 3cm in length (for a 3 month detection period).

Can you show a result for each period of time for my hair drug test?

Yes, please let our expert drug testing team know when you contact us and we will be able to provide you with a specific quote and options to suit your needs.

Do I need a referral from my doctor or lawyer for a hair drug test?

No, we do not need a referral from anyone for your hair drug or alcohol test.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Please bring current government issued photographic identification to your appointment.

Some options include: drivers license, passport or personal identification card.

If my test comes back positive, will you notify the police?

No, we will only release the test results to you unless you provide us with written authorisation to release the results to another party.

Where is your drug and alcohol hair testing conducted?

We are able to collect hair samples at workplaces across Australia. All collected hair samples are sent to our NATA Accredited Laboratory who conducts analysis in Australia (unlike many providers, we do not send hair samples to overseas laboratories!).

Is your drug testing performed by franchisees or contractors?

To ensure our strict standards of quality are maintained, all drug testing personnel are direct employees of Relevant Drug Testing Solutions.

No franchisees, agents or contractors here – you’ll always be dealing direct!